Archbishop Desmond Tutu to Present Schooler Lecture at Mount Union College March 19

April 01, 2010

Archbishop Desmond Tutu, winner of the 1984 Nobel Peace Prize, will present the Schooler Lecture at Mount Union College's Timken Physical Education Building on Tuesday, March 19, 2002 at 8 p.m.

 

Tutu is chancellor of the University of the Western Cape. Previously, he has served as the Bishop of Johannesburg and Archbishop of CapeTown. In addition to the Nobel Peace Prize, Tutu has received many awards, and in 1995, former president of South Africa Nelson Mandela appointed him to head the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

Tutu was just 12 years old when he first met Father Trevor Huddleston, an Anglican cleric and early outspoken critic of apartheid. Father Huddleston's work would influence the future Archbishop for years to come.

Ordained to the priesthood in 1961, Tutu served in various positions in South Africa. With South Africa in turmoil in the wake of the 1976 Soweto uprising, Tutu was persuaded to take up the post of General Secretary of the South African Council of Churches (SACC). It was in this position, which he held from 1978-1985, that he became an international figure.

Under Tutu's leadership, the council provided assistance to the victims of apartheid. Inevitably, this placed the Archbishop deep within the controversy as he spoke out against the injustice of the system. In 1984, Tutu's contribution to the cause of racial injustice in South Africa was recognized when he received the Nobel Peace Prize.

Tutu retired from the position of Archbishop of Cape Town in 1996, but was later named Archbishop Emeritus. He is the author of four collections of sermons and addresses.

Tickets are still available. For ticket information, contact the Office of Alumni and College Activities at (330) 823-2030.

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